At least 828 immigrants crossed the English Channel and reached the UK on Saturday, a new daily crossing record, the British government announced Monday night.
According to the British Home Office, the previous daily record was 592 visits in August.
According to the British news agency PA, more than 12,400 people have crossed the English Channel, one of the busiest in the world, in small boats since the beginning of this year. This number is higher than last year’s total crossings (over eight thousand).
With the help of French authorities, the Interior Ministry said it had blocked more than 10,000 crossing attempts this year and made nearly 300 arrests since July 2020.
In France, the English Channel and the North Sea Maritime Commission reported on Saturday that 102 migrants had been rescued at sea in the waters of the Pass-de-Calais as they tried to reach England.
The crossing issue is a regular source of friction between London and Paris, but the UK pledged இறுதியில் 62.7 million in late July to provide France with .7 62.7 million in 2021/2022 to fund the strengthening of French defense forces along the coast.
The British Parliament has begun debating Home Minister Priti Patel’s asylum reform ahead of the summer recess.
Issued by the Minister as “fair but firm” but condemned by associations for the protection of human rights, the reform is aimed at encouraging illegal immigration and seeks to treat asylum seekers differently depending on whether they are entering the country legally or illegally.
The bill proposes to increase the prison sentence for immigrants who enter the country illegally and lead to life imprisonment from the current six months to four years – from the current 14 years – the maximum sentence for human traffickers.
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